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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +410/338 ft
Total: 106 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bluff Creek Ranch

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#47 of 272 mountain bike trails in Texas
#2498 in the world

This is a rocky 10 plus mile loop in the middle of no where. But it is a great trail where they hold a couple mountain bike races a year. There are pictures and a map and more information on my website www.mtnbikrider.com

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Mid way between LaGrange and Giddings on hwy 77 in Warda. Turn right on Owl Creek road and look for entrance on left. Drive up park by the house and register and sign the waiver and pay the land use fee $5.50 I think.
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  • j98me2
    ****

    Fun fast 8.5 - 9 mi loop. Great beginner spot not to technical, but plenty there to make it fun for riders of all levels.

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  • HokieMTBiker
    *****

    Very much enjoyed this trail. I'm not one for pushing the limits, just enjoy taking in the scenery, getting a great workout, and enjoying a fun ride. You get all of that here...and animals! Lots of longhorns on the property, and you'll find yourself very close to them. I found myself stopping several times just to take pictures - clear indication of a classic ride. Put this on your list - you won't be disappointed. I was amazed at how many people were camping there as well. Wonderful lady who owns the place with her husband. I forgot to bring cash, but she accepted my out of state check without any concerns (I just recently moved to Texas and have not printed new ones). I even told her I was glad to run out to the nearest ATM, but she clearly just wanted me to enjoy myself. Wonderful experience.

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  • Sierradirtslayer
    *****

    Trail has some nice diversity. Starts in a tight twisty flowy secition. This section can get sandy in corners and wash out, plus the added fun of pine needles. The seciton in the back traverses along a ridge down and eventually back up it. They did a great job of putting in some oh *hit sections here. Overall lots of fun to ride.

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  • mtbtrucker
    ****

    I've ridden here 3 times, once at night. Very nice trails with lots of woods, however not too technical for most riders. The Mule Trace section has a fun, swooping roller-coaster stretch that is a blast if you have the guts to go all-out. To get from one loop to another, you have to ride the fence line of a couple of cow pastures. Here you can either catch your breath and prepare for the next singletrack section or just let it fly to be the first one to "drop-in" on Gas Pass or Mule Trace.
    The caretakers are great and very accommodating. They have 3 ranch dogs that often run along side as you start the 1st loop. You can also camp onsite which is what I did and night-ride too.

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  • armyslowrdr
    *****

    Well Skoofer I did experience the fall off on the right going down the incline, which is named gas pass by the way; I survived with barely but a few minor scratches. The place just hosted the 6 hours of Blazing Saddles from 6 p to midnight. About 175 riders enjoyed a fine event put on by TMBRA. The Nolans own the place. Doc Nolan is a cardio-pulminary and peediatrician and I believe is residing either in the Abiliene or Armarillo area now. The land manager Josh takes care of things nicely. They cook a nice longhorn burger there. Highly recommended trail, especially if one is looking for something a bit shorter and less exhausting than Rocky Hill.

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  • clint08911
    *****

    This trail is a blast, the family that runs it is great, and has some nice facilities for camping and mountain biking. The trail is a good intermediate level trail, technical enough to be fun but a beginner could get through it, accept for maybe the one steep incline (there is a warning sign). Overall this is one of the best trails I have ridden.

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  • Skoofer
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    I rode this place with my girlfriend yesterday and both of us had a great time - being at two completely different levels in terms of skill, this is saying a lot about the trail. It is really out in the middle of nowhere, but like everyone has said the family running the place was really nice. The trail is a lot of fun if you know how to ride it, nothing very technical but it had a great flow. I found that I could ride all out for most of the time and that helped to add some challenge to the otherwise beginner trail. You start off heading back towards the entrance through a field and can begin to pick up some speed. This leads over some fun little hills (great for milking even more speed from the trail) and around the pond you passed on the way up to register. Once you hit the tree line, my favorite part of the loop begins. It's about a mile or two of sweet twisty singletrack through some trees. The trail is in great condition and the flow here is amazing. I found myself picking up more and more speed but still being able to negotiate all the turns, roots, ledges, etc. with no problem. After that you cruise through a pasture and then hit probably the sketchiest part of the trail. It is a steep paved walkway with a drop off on the right that I wouldn't care to experience. Just take it slow and you shouldn't have any problems, but if you have any apprehension I would walk it - that's what my girlfriend did & she looked at me like I was crazy for riding down it, but it really isn't bad at all if you take it slow. Shortly after this you will cross a little stream. If you want to cut out a rather boring section of the trail, stay straight on the concrete path, if not then turn right and ride around the perimeter of the pasture you're coming into. Towards the back fence line there was a small little section in the trees that was alright but all together I'd recommend cutting this out and doing a second lap of the rest of the trail. You cross over a bridge and negotiate some of the more technical parts of the trail around here. Take a lot of it slow because the penalty for falling off trail is just that...a fall! The rest of the trail is pretty much more of the same, although at some point I'm almost positive they have some jumps built that at one time or another may have been tabletops. Those were a lot of fun and completely unexpected - I backtracked and hit these a couple of times. All in all this trail was a great way to spend an afternoon. If you're in the market for some super technical riding, look elsewhere, but if you're looking for fast flowing singletrack look no further.

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  • tumbleweed14
    ***

    The Property Owner (don't remember his name) is a really cool guy. The trail is very well maintained and there are some sweet fast, flowing sections. Pretty good stuff but you get tired of going in a somewhat small loop.

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  • OnMyBike
    ****

    This ride was a lot of fun with awesome downhills and cool singletrack.

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